Grocery Scouting: The Emergency Planning Edition

August 25, 2011

Post east coast earthquake, pre Irene I decided it was time to up our emergency preparedness.   This four person “honey bucket” kit cost $76 (expensive, but on the more reasonable side — some kits cost over $200!).  I remember talking to friends after 9/11 and the blackouts in NYC and what they recommended I put in our emergency stash might surprise you: creature comforts.  Instead of candles and radios and packets of water, what they missed most was booze, chocolate and cigarettes.  So, in addition to the “honey bucket” I’m stocking up on wine, chocolate bars and some toys for Alex (and diapers and wipes, of course).  What do you stock up on for emergencies?  A friend I spoke with last night has photocopies of important papers (birth certificates etc).  We haven’t done that, but we probably should.

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NoodlesandWaffles August 25, 2011 at 1:27 pm

My tornado backpack includes the basics (headlamps, extra batteries, first aid kit, change of clothes, old shoes, water purifier, copies of passports/licenses/credit cards/insurance) and food for us and our pets. The Red Cross has a really nice list. I built off of it.

Hannah J. Holmes August 25, 2011 at 2:12 pm

That is so smart to include creature comforts and little luxuries like chocolate, the sort of things that we may not necessarily need but that makes us so much happier!

gia August 25, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I have a pilot friend who has taken entire cargo planes filled with cigarettes to the Japan disaster! What a trip. I think it is still commendable.

natasha August 25, 2011 at 11:09 pm

You know, I was just commenting on Jenny’s blog (how I found you btw) about how I put together a ‘go bag’ today for emergencies but I didn’t even think about alchohal! Must add some margarita mix asap.

I put together a checklist of emergency supplies for this weekend on my site if you need more…

Amber August 26, 2011 at 1:05 am

In addition to the canned foods, I bought hot dogs because they’re pre-cooked and in a pinch, you could cook them with any small flame. It also occurred to me that making fondue is a great option.

Charge any batteries you might need, get a bunch of cash! As for creature comforts, I bought my favorite junky potato chips and YooHoo boxes.

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